The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Jun 1896

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Whalebacks Coming Back From The Atlantic Coast.

Arrivals: schr. Nellie Hunter, Oswego, 300 tons of hard coal for Crawford; sloop Idlewild, Deseronto and Picton, 1,300 bushels of peas for James Richardson & Sons; str. Cuba, Toledo, lightened 7,000 bushels of wheat at the M.T. Co.'s elevator and cleared for Montreal; str. Bannockburn, with consorts Selkirk, Winnipeg and Melrose, Fort William, 221,000 bushels of wheat; str. United Lumberman, with consorts Benson, Grantham, Manly and Russell, timber laden, from Lake Superior ports, are at Garden Island.

Departures: str. Bannockburn and three consorts, light, for Fort William; tug Walker, with four grain laden barges, for Montreal; str. Algonquin, light, for Duluth.

The schr. Ballou, chartered to carry coal out of Oswego, is wind-bound at this port.

The str. Sequin is on the way down Lake Ontario with a cargo of wheat for this port.

The str. C.W. Chamberlain, Black Rock, timber laden, is expected to arrive at Garden Island today.

The str. Tecumseh and consort, light, from Collins Bay, cleared the Welland canal today.

The str. Denver, Chicago, corn, is expected to arrive here today.

Yesterday morning the whaleback barge, No. 202, arrived from the Atlantic coast. She was launched at Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1892, and has since been employed along the coast as a consort to the steamer Colby. Barge No. 201 is expected to arrive here either tonight or tomorrow morning, when the two will be towed to Port Dalhousie, en route to Buffalo to load coal for Duluth. Barge No. 110 and the str. Colby are at Montreal. They are too large to pass through the St. Lawrence canals and will be cut in twain, the parts afterwards being united here. It is expected the work will not be accomplished much before August 1st. Capt. McDougall, designer of the whalebacks, is at Montreal superintending the work.

On the 20th inst., there were 24,161,000 bushels of wheat and 5,765,000 bushels of corn at five of the principal upper lake American ports awaiting shipment east.

On a recent trip to this port the str. Omaha struck a shoal one-and-a-half miles east of Devil's Island, Apostle Group, Lake Superior. The steamer was drawing fourteen feet, and at the time she struck Devil's light bore west by north, distant about one and three-quarter miles. This would indicate a shoaling of water between Devils's Island and North Twin Island.

It is certainly strange that some masters of lake vessels have such little regard for lights, stakes, buoys, etc., which are put out for the express purpose of helping them to pass through narrow and shallow channels. A case in point is reported in the Marine Review by ( ), Port Huron, who says: "I wrote you regarding the Calvin's captain having carried away, some weeks ago, the stake and float to which I have been giving attention here. It so happened that it fouled his rudder and he stopped down the river and got it clear. Then he took both stake and float on deck and carried them the round trip to Kingston and return. While passing up the river on his return, and when abreast with the middle ground, he dropped the stake overboard, about seventy-five to one hundred feet south-west from Sarnia elevator, and foolishly enough, he let it go with stone attached to it, in the middle of the channel, where the water was deep enough to put it out of sight. You will readily understand that there is danger now of some steamer breaking her wheel, or doing injury to herself otherwise, unless the place is swept with chain and line and this obstruction removed."

The steamyacht H.P. Bigelow, owned by C.M. Britton, of New York, is lying at Craig & Co.'s wharf. Kingston will be her owner's headquarters for the next month, and the yacht will be kept here and will be used for making fishing trips, etc., from this port.

The schr. Dandy called at Craig & Co.'s wharf this morning to unload freight. She was on her way from Smith's Falls to Clayton, N.Y., with a load of railroad ties.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Jun 1896